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Manumission Deed


Publication date 1812-11-11
Collection elizabethtowncollege; brethrendigitalarchives; americana
Outerbridge Horsey, a U.S. Senator from Delaware from 1810 until 1821, signed a manumission deed on November 11, 1812, which freed 14 slaves over the course of 30 years. The slaves had been the property of Eliza Lee, whom Horsey married on April 16, 1812. (For more information, see: Peter J. DePuydt, “Free at Last, Someday: Senator Outerbridge Horsey and Manumission in the Nineteenth Century,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 76 (Spring 2009), 164-178.)

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Know all men by these presents that I Outerbridge
Horsey of the borough of Wilmington in the
State of Delaware have manumitted set free
and for ever discharged and by these presents
do manumit set free and for ever discharge from
my service from and after the expiration of the
terms of service herein stated, the Negroes follow
=ing which I acquired in right of my wife Eliza
D. Horsey late Eliza D. Lee that is to say, Robert
and Eleanor his wife from and after the expira=
=tion of five years from the first day of October
last past _ Mary, from and after the expiration
of nineteen years from the first day of October
Last past _ Lucy from and after the expiration
of twenty four years from the first day of
October last past _ Henry from and after
the expiration of twenty eight years from
the first day of October last past _ William
from and after the expiration of thirty years
from the first day of October last past _
John from and after the expiration of eighteen
years from the first day of October last past _
Mark from and after the expiration of seventeen
years from the first day of October last past _
Agnes from and after the expiration of twelve
years from the first day of October last past _ all
children of the said Robert and Eleanor his wife _
also the Negroes following, Will commonly called
Packer (?) Will and Polly his wife from and after
the expiration of five years from the first day
of October last past _ Joan wife of Isaac from
and after the expiration of seven years from the
first day of October last past _ Richard son of
Joan from and after the expiration of eighteen
years from the first day of October last past _
Betsy daughter of Joan from and after the
expiration of seventeen years from the first day
of October last past _ all which said Negroes
I manumit, liberate and set free from my service
discharge for ever after they respectively shall
have served the terms of service hereby reserved
as aforesaid in virtue of and conformably
to the provisions contained in the act of the
General Assembly of the State of Maryland
in said case made and provided ___ In testimony
where I have to these presents set my hand and
seal this eleventh day of November in the year of our
Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twelve
Lord one thousand eight hundred and twe
Sealed & Delivered O. Horsey
in the presence
[Illegible signature]
John Lee signature
Dist. Col & County Washington
On the Eleventh day of Nov. 1812
Outerbridge Horsey acknowledged the
foregoing instrument of writing to
be his act of deed and delivered for
the purposes therein contained
[Illegible signature]
List
1. Robert
2. Eleanor
3. Mary
4. Lucy
5. Henry
6. William
7. John
8. Mark
9. Agnes
10. Will
11. Polly
12. Joan
13. Richard
14. Betsy
O.H. No. 1
Manumission
O. Horsey
To
Negroes. Robert &
Eleanor, Mary, Mary, Lucy,
Henry, William, John
& others_________
Received November
12th 1812 to be record=
=ded and the same
day was recorded in
Libers A.D. No. 29. Folios
399 & 400 one of the
Land records of Was=
=ington county in the
District of Columbia
and examined by
W. Brent ck

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